The Bears have reached a contract agreement with first-round pick Kyle Long, the club said Friday night.
The No. 20 overall pick, Long (6-6, 311) is expected to compete for a starting role at guard on a new-look offensive line for Chicago.
Long has relatively little experience as offensive lineman — a mere two collegiate seasons — but the Bears are intrigued by his potential. After the team picked Long, Bears G.M. Phil Emery called the former Oregon lineman a “dynamic athlete.”
“There isn’t a movement playing where this guy doesn’t impress you,” said Emery, according to the club.
Long signed a four-year deal with a club option for a fifth year, which is required by the collective bargaining agreement.
Kyle Long is the son of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long.